State Budget Impasse Forum, Audio Podcast

With the recent passing of the IL State Budget, it’s a great opportunity to revisit our recent State Budget Impasse Forum held at Canton H.S. This was a joint effort between churches, schools, and various community leaders. You can now listen to the forum through our church podcast or online at our church website (The video of the forum is still online as well thanks to Mark Bixler).

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Poverty Summary Report Part 5 of 5

Throughout the week, we will post portions of our summary report from the forum on poverty. This fifth and final post answers questions about efforts to alleviate poverty in our community.

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Poverty Forum Summary Report Part 4 of 5

Throughout the week, we will post portions of our summary report from the forum on poverty. This fourth post answers questions that audience members asked our panelists.

Audience Questions

  1. Do we have any place here in town that can help with drug addiction? Free help? I see many parents and many people within the community that neglect their children for drugs? 

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Poverty Forum Summary Report Part 3 of 5

Throughout the week, we will post portions of our summary report from the forum on poverty. This third post highlights remarks made by our panelists exploring solutions to poverty in our county.

Exploring Solutions

Question 1 – What is your role or the role of the organization you represent in helping to alleviate poverty (how are you serving the needs of those living in poverty)

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Poverty Forum Summary Report Part 2 of 5

Throughout the week, we will post portions of our summary report from the forum on poverty. This second post highlights remarks made by our panelists speaking to the factors that contribute towards poverty in Fulton County.

Defining the Problem

Question 2-  How does poverty affect families, individuals, and in larger context, the welfare of communities, and even the county? Why should we be concerned about poverty?

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Poverty Forum Summary Report Part 1 of 5

Throughout the week, we will post portions of our summary report from the forum on poverty. This first post highlights remarks made by our panelists speaking to the factors that contribute towards poverty in Fulton County.

Introductory Remarks

Pastor Kevin Kessler – Moderator

  1. ¨Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.¨ -Nelson Mandela
  2. The US Census Bureau indicates that over a 3 year period, 1/3rd of all US residents slip below the poverty line at least once for 2 months or more.
  3. We are all affected by poverty in some way and it is in the interest of all that we come together to work out solutions for eliminating poverty for the wellbeing of everyone

Defining the Problem

Question 1 – What are the major factors contributing to poverty in Fulton County?

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Forum on Poverty

Thank you to all of our panelists for taking the time to share with us their knowledge and experience about this issue.  For those that were not able to attend and for those who would like to hear our conversation again, we’ve included a digital recording of the evening here as well as on our podcast (search “Canton Church of the Brethren” on iTunes or wherever you subscribe to podcasts).

Stay tuned for our summary report and feel free to continue the conversation by commenting below.

From the Pastor’s Desk, March 2017

Taken from the The Canton Chronicle 2017, Vol. #2

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4 Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,[a] stand up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. –Acts 3:1-10 (NRSV)

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